Odys Loox Multi Touch
We take a look at what goes swimmingly for the Odys Loox Multi Touch and what sinks like a stone...
By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012
Lots of useful pre-installed applications
Works well with Skype
Fast boot times
Video playback runs smoothly
Screen quality is pretty poor
Screen is not multitouch
Apps that work are hit and miss
Did we mention how poor the screen is?...
The first thing you will notice when you see the Loox Multi Touch is its sturdy, efficient design. It looks like a far more expensive Tablet than it really is.
We’re all waiting for it.
The first really great Tablet PC at a budget price will be a revelation indeed. Even as you read this, several big developers are putting together plans to introduce such a device to the International market, or at least try to. However, to create and sell such a Tablet would be a perfect way in for a small company trying to compete with the big guns. There’s gold in them there hills...And they all know it.
Before we go any further, let’s define what I mean by ‘budget’. After all, if you’re super rich, then a £400 iPad could easily be considered to be an ‘affordable’ purchase. When I use the term ‘budget’ I mean that it comes to £100 or less. When I say ‘great’ I mean that it delivers on its every promise (and then some), with no hassle or fuss. So I’m laying down quite the gauntlet, I know.
Now, just so you know, there are a couple of ‘OK’ budget Tablets out there and then there are an awful lot of truly terrible ones. Some of these budget Tablets aren’t even worth that piss-stained £5 note that you found in the alleyway next to a dead dog and a pile of drug paraphernalia. Sadly, in their quest for a bargain, a lot of punters end up buying those Tablet PCs.
Now, German manufacturers Odys (so famous they don’t even have a Wikipedia page) think that they’ve done it. But have they really? We took an in depth look at The Odys Loox Multi Touch Tablet and put it through its paces.
When this review was first posted (back in May of this year), this Tablet would have set you back around £89. Today there are second hand models available on Amazon for half that. It’s a pretty good deal, actually.
The first thing you will notice when you see the Loox Multi Touch is its sturdy, efficient design. It looks like a far more expensive Tablet than it really is. There is none of the cheap plastic outer casing, wonky display or ‘removable’ parts that aren’t supposed to come off (that we’ve seen in other budget Tablets). In fact, I’d go as far as to say that the Multi Touch is the best looking budget Tablet I’ve seen.
The second thing you’ll notice is that everything is in German. If you’re an experienced Android user (the Multi Touch runs an impressive Android 2.3), then it will be no problem to switch the language over, but if the only Android you could name before you bought it was Mr. Data from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ you’ll find yourself very much in the shiza (unless you happen to read German, of course).
The multi Touch actually works very well. The in built options (such as Skype) work excellently for such a cheap Tablet and the machine functions reasonably swiftly. It’s actually a joy.
If you want something done right (that isn’t winning a world war or a game of football without a penalty shoot out) ask a German. They really are master engineers (and, all joking aside, very nice people) and here they have created a very impressive device. It’s not quite the one we’re looking for, but it’s a great big leap in the right direction.
The in built options (such as Skype) work excellently for such a cheap Tablet and the machine functions reasonably swiftly. It’s actually a joy.
The Loox Multi Touch is smart, cheap and effective and, for the most part, it does live up to its promises.
The biggest drawback here is that the touchscreen seemingly has a mind all of its own. In a Bipolar frenzy of unevenness, the screen will become extremely oversensitive one minute (meaning that a stray gust of wind could have you sending out blank emails to all and sundry) and ludicrously stubborn the next (one review I read in preparation for this one had the reviewer angrily attempting to open her emails for a full 30 minutes with almost no success). It just doesn’t seem to know whether it’s coming or going sometimes.
Another annoyance is that the screen quality isn’t very good (another disgruntled reviewer compared it to a Game Boy Color). You could watch movies on a Loox, but the screen is nothing like as good as the HD-quality setups we’ve seen on some Tablets worth half as much. It really is a strange phenomenon.
What Other Users Say
Of the 41 reviews posted on Amazon.co.uk, 29 were rated at 4/5 or higher. Only 3 reviews gave this product 1/5, which is a tremendous achievement for a budget Tablet. I’ll now give the floor over to user ‘Charlie Marshall’ who wrote, “It is an absolutely great little tablet. Complaints about the resistive screen are invalid, it works very well. The build is unflawable and it feels great in the hand. Overall, this is a great little tablet, and if you don't want to spend money on an ipad, this is a fantastic alternative!” Mr. Marshall was so happy, he felt the need to invent a new word. Now that’s customer satisfaction!
I can actually recommend this if you need a Tablet but are on a budget. It isn’t the great, benighted under £100 Tablet that we’re all waiting eagerly for, but it’s the closest anybody has come so far. It can be a mite temperamental, but it certainly doesn’t suffer from the inherent design flaws of many of its contemporaries.
With products this promising, maybe its time somebody at Odys sat down and wrote themselves into www.de.Wikipedia.org, just for completeness’ sake.